The 2017 National Candle Association Conference Announces New Changes
June 7, 2017,
WASHINGTON, DC - June 6, 2017 - Consumer candle safety and fair trade policies are top priorities for the National Candle Association (NCA), which hosted its 2017 Conference & Expo recently in St. Petersburg, FL. Nearly 400 industry professionals gathered for the association’s 43rd annual meeting and exposition.
NCA also seized the occasion of the annual assembly to pay tribute to those whose work has made a significant contribution to the industry or community. NCA’s Hall of Fame Award was bestowed upon two deserving industry leaders in recognition of the lasting impact of their professional dedication: Jeb Head, president of Atkins & Pierce, a seventh generation family-owned company which has served as a supplier to candle makers for 200 years; and John Witham, head of research and development at Candle-Lite, an American candle company founded in 1840.
NCA also recognized ScentsAbility, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with special needs learn job skills and become independent through making and selling candles.
“Those of us in the US candle sector take great pride in our work and in advancing industry innovation while embracing the heritage of candle making in America,” said Kathy LaVanier, NCA president. “We’re delighted to recognize the achievements of Jeb Head and John Witham, two noted industry leaders, and we applaud the work of ScentsAbility for using candles to help individuals develop life-long skills.”
In addition to the leadership elections and awards, the NCA conference agenda included trend sessions, research presentations, board and committee meetings, and the annual business meeting. Association priorities for the coming year include its ongoing commitment to candle safety and consumer education about safe candle use, and sustaining fair trade policies to maintain a balanced and competitive market in the US for American candle companies.
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